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Superintendent's District Update - November 2019

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Falls City Public Schools Superintendent’s District Update – November 14, 2019

Superintendent, Tim Heckenlively

 

The Falls City Public Schools held its regular monthly board meeting on November 13, 2019. Here are the highlights of the meeting.

 

District 56 Audit Completed - The meeting opened with a presentation on the School District 56 Audit Report – The Audit Report for 2018-2019 was presented by Julie Bauman, CPA, P.C. The report included the Auditor’s report, a statement of financial position, a statement of activities, and a review of the expenditures of federal awards.

 

            School Safety is one of our district’s top priorities and to help safeguard our school community, we’ve taken an important step. Our district is now using SafeSchools Alert, a tip reporting service that allows students, staff, and parents to submit safety concerns to our administration four different ways:

            1. Phone: 1-855-449.6558

            2. Text: Text your tip to 855-449.6558

            3. Email: 1896@alert1.us

            4. Web: http://1896.alert1.us

            Parents and children can easily report tips on bullying, harassment, drugs, vandalism or any safety issue you're concerned about through SafeSchools Alert. When submitting a tip, our district’s identification code is 1896. Every tip SafeSchools Alert receives about our district is immediately logged in the system and our administration is notified so that they can investigate and take appropriate action. And, tips may also be submitted anonymously. Together, using SafeSchools Alert, we can make our district a safer place to work and learn.

 

Educators Health Alliance Approves 6.71% Increase in Rates for 2020-2021. There will be an overall increase of 6.71 percent in premiums next year for the medical and dental insurance plans used by nearly every Nebraska school district, following action by the Educators Health Alliance (EHA), a consortium of three statewide public school groups that manages the plan. Medical insurance rates will increase 6.97 percent and dental rates 2.00 percent resulting in the overall increase in premiums of 6.71 percent. When the 2020-2021 plan year begins on Sept. 1, 2020, it will mark the 18th consecutive rate increase of less than 10 percent. The average annual increase over the past ten years has been 3.8 percent.

 

            Building & Grounds Update includes the stadium press box project slated to begin in the coming weeks by Murphy Construction. The press box will be designed on one level with roll-up window closures similar to the concession stand. The projects noted from the Project Committee review meeting have been drafted and the committee will meet in the coming months to prioritize facility needs and improvements to be referred to the full board for approval after the first of the year.

 

The District 56 Board of Education acted on several items before concluding the regular meeting.

1.     Approved board policy reviews on final readings 1) Policy 6214 Alcohol and Drug Testing for Drivers; 2) Policy 7144 Bed Bugs; 3) Policy 7145 Class Rank; 4) Policy 7210 Homeschool Students.

2.     Accepted the District Audit and Financial Report, August 31, 2019

 

The next regular monthly Board of Education meeting is scheduled for December 9, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. in the Central Office in Falls City Middle School. Regular and special meeting agendas are kept in the Office of the Superintendent, Tim Heckenlively.

 

Falls City Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status or economic status in its programs, activities and employment.